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Landlords — Avoid a £30,000 Fine by Keeping Up Electrical Safety Tests

If you’re a responsible landlord, you may well already carry out EICR (electrical installation condition report) checks regularly on all your properties. From 1st April, however, this will be a legal requirement, with fines up to £30,000 for failure to comply. What Is the EICR? An EICR is the document that an electrician issues after carrying out an inspection on the electrical equipment in a property. Dependin
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Supreme Court Ruling Offers a Lifeline to Small Businesses

Are you one of the many SME owners who have been forced to close your business, wholly or partially, during the Covid-19 lockdown? If you have Business Interruption insurance that covered closure due to disease, you may have been one of the policyholders refused payment by your insurer. However, there’s good news. A ruling by the Supreme Court on the 15th January has established that in most cases closures due
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LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPANY LETTERHEADS AND EMAIL FOOTERS

Did you know that your business email footer must contain specific pieces of information by law? The Companies Act (UK letterhead legal requirements) states that all business must display the following business details on their letterheads. The name of their business The part of the country that the business is registered The registered company number The address of the registered office Furthermore – if you’re a par
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Will This Be the Court System of the Future?

Last month, Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton unveiled his proposals for a radical change in the court system — the Online Solutions Court. This is part of a six-year plan to modernise the courts. In particular, it involves digitising the administration and processes of the judicial system, bringing the courts into the 21st century. It can be accessed from home, but it’s envisioned that physical courtrooms wil
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When should debt become a legal matter?

There comes a time, when dealing with unpaid accounts from a client, when a business has to consider taking legal action to recover the debt. If you have a longstanding legal relationship with a firm of solicitors, they can probably advise you when that point has been reached. But for most small firms, there is a balancing act to be performed. Luckily, going legal does not necessarily mean launching court action. As
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Why B2B deals need the right terms and conditions

Contract law is the basis of all business activity, whether you trade in goods or services. The law applies to your purchases from a small shopkeeper or the multi-billion deals made between multi-national companies. Legislation can fill in the gaps in contracts with statutory implied terms, such as the Sale of Goods Act, or offer protection to the vulnerable, for example through the Consumer Credit Act governing the
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Chasing debt? There are limitations

One of the first questions I ask a new client asking for help in chasing an unpaid account is, how old is the debt? That’s because the law, specifically the Limitation Act 1980, sets time limits for starting court proceedings for recovery of the amount owed. The account becomes ‘statute barred’ in legal jargon. That does not mean the debt is wiped out, but we’ll come back to that. For unsecured debt, the law is reaso
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Insolvency – a to-do guide for company directors

In the first quarter of 2013 there were 3,619 company liquidations in England, according to the latest figures from the government’s Insolvency Service. That’s 5.3% fewer than in the previous quarter, 15.8% fewer than in the same period of 2012 and about the same position as in 2005. These figures exclude businesses that closed without entering a formal insolvency regime and where debts were too small or too few for
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Business Deals must be clear if each Party is to profit

All businesses are at risk from bad debts and the patchy recovery from recession means many companies have been struggling to survive. Should your customers become casualties of economic turmoil, their problems threaten to become your own. It need not be that the business has failed. Declining product quality, delays or missed deliveries can all disrupt your business. That’s when you need to have sound contractual ar
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Mediation

Why you have to consider mediation Mediation is a buzzword in legal circles. You might think it only applies to squabbling couples heading for a divorce, but it can be a flexible, fast and cost-effective means for businesses to resolve disputes. Making a court claim for money owed can be known as taking someone to the “small claims court”.  But you might not have to appear before a judge to prove your claim. “Courts
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